Eyes turn to Texas in Democratic presidential battle

02/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported today that the Texas Democratic Party is warning that its March 4 caucuses could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an "imminent" lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process.

The paper reported a knowledgable Democratic source said Clinton’s political director, Guy Cecil, had pointedly raised the possibility of a courtroom battle with Democratic Party officials.

Several new polls show Barack Obama taking a lead in Texas in the Democratic race for president.

Texas has 228 delegates, the biggest single cache remaining. But only 126 delegates are doled out based on the selection voters make at the ballot box. Another 67 delegates -- more than in many states -- are to be apportioned based on the number of people who participate in the caucuses that begin in more than 8,000 precincts once the polls close at 7 p.m.

The paper reports that Texas Democratic Party lawyer Chad Dunn warned that a lawsuit could ruin the Democrats' effort to re-energize voters just as they are turning out in record numbers.

Meanwhile, four days before voters in four states go to the polls, Hillary Clinton unveiled a new ad to be broadcast in Texas and Ohio playing on her perceived experience, and opponent Barack Obama’s lack of it.

Barack Obama responded today on the campaign trail in Houston.

    1. Dionne is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post. He said this indicates where Hillary Clinton is in this campaign.

In his column today, Dionne writes that Barack Obama’s critics bear a remarkable resemblance to the liberals who labored mightily to dismiss Ronald Reagan back in 1980.

This week saw two Republican Party officials liberally use Obama’s middle name of Hussein in a provocative manner. Obama’s wife Michelle calls it the "fear bomb," and said that Obama won his 2004 Senate seat in Illinois despite a climate of "negativity and doubt."

WMNF asked columnist E. J. Dionne if he believes that an Obama general election candidacy will be a test to a nation that has always had issues with race?

We’ll hear more from next week about his new book, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right.

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